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Programme notes – Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82

October 23, 2012


Sibelius’s fifth symphony is one of the most popular large scale masterpieces of the twentieth century. It is the magnificent and elegant result of a complex compositional process ranging from 1912 to 1919 while the spring of a simple musical idea developed into a vast river of sounds. Its first version was commissioned by the […]

Arnold Schoenberg – Three times Seven Poems from Albert Giraud’s Pierrot Lunaire

October 7, 2012


Pierrot Lunaire was written in the freely atonal period of Schoenberg’s career. It was commissioned by the actress-singer Albertine Zehme, who intended to perform a German translation of the poem collection Pierrot lunaire: rondels bergamasques authored by the Belgian symbolist poet Albert Giraud. Schoenberg quickly became enthusiastic about the idea and developed it into a […]